Meet the New Guy

We are pleased to announce the we have hired Michael (Mike) Paffett as the new Microscopy Shared Resource Technical Director. Mike earned his PhD in vascular physiology in 2008 and has a diverse microscopy and electrophysiology background obtained during his formative training as a graduate student, post-doc and junior faculty at UNM. In addition to his academic microscopy background, Mike has 3 years of industry capital equipment and technology experience as a research imaging specialist for one of the major microscope vendors. He is excited to be back at UNM as the new Facility Technical Director and is looking forward to working toward your research imaging goals.

Microscopy Lab Team


Microscopy is at the heart of understanding tissue architecture, cell structure and dynamics, as well as molecular function. Fluorescence microscopy is routinely used to determine spatial and topological information about cells and tissues. Sophisticated laser scanning microscopic instrumentation, ultra sensitive digital cameras and specialized fluorescence probes make it possible to visualize cellular events in real time down to the molecular level.

Location: Cancer Research Facility (CRF),
Rooms 212, 216, 218, 224, 226


The Fluorescence Microscopy Shared Resource:

  • Aids basic and physician researchers to image samples and publish high profile articles that:
    • Elucidate cell and molecular mechanisms of cancer, immunologic, infectious, metabolic, neurologic and vascular diseases
    • Evaluate therapeutic efficacy in cells and patient samples
    • Test new nanotechnologies in cell based assays
    • Quantitatively measure changes in tissue morphology and pathology
  • Provides UNM researchers access to state-of-the art instrumentation for multiple fluorescence and transmitted light microscopy techniques:
    • Laser scanning single and multi-photon microscopes and hyperspectral imaging systems enable simultaneous visualization and quantification of histochemical stains and fluorescent labels
    • Stereology, spinning disk confocal and sensitive digital cameras allow quantitative assessment of cell numbers in tissue sections and imaging of dynamic processes in real time
    • Ratiometric imaging allows quantification of real time changes in calcium and other ion concentrations in response to cell signaling
  • Has resource staff who offer investigators:
    • Expert consultation on experiment design and specimen preparation
    • Training
    • Imaging for a fee
    • Ongoing assistance